Inpatient Services

Our 22-bed, co-ed inpatient unit within The Trauma Disorders Program is designed for patients 18 and older who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Dangerousness to self or others
  • Significant impairment in function due to severe PTSD and/or dissociative symptoms
  • Require inpatient consultation and 24-hour monitoring

On our inpatient unit, we utilize an intensive multidisciplinary treatment approach through individual therapy, milieu therapy, and process-oriented, experiential, and psycho-educational group therapies. Our expertly trained team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, nurses, and occupational and art therapists, all of whom specialize in the treatment of traumatized individuals.

Our goal is to provide a structured and supportive environment, with a focus on safety and stabilization, so that our patients are able to step down to other levels of care, both in our continuum and in home communities to continue the recovery process.

Admission to our inpatient program is based on the assessment of a variety of clinical criteria to assure that our services are appropriate for the individual. All patients must have an outpatient treatment team (therapist and psychiatrist) prior to admission with whom they can continue to work after discharge.

Once admitted, an individualized treatment plan is formulated through comprehensive assessment of the patient, consultation with the referral source, and staff observation. The goal is to create a treatment plan to promote individual strengths and teach new skills in a hospital milieu environment.

As part of our program, individuals can expect:

  • An individual treatment team that includes an attending physician, an individual therapist, a social worker, and nursing, art, and occupational therapy staff
  • To meet daily with the attending psychiatrist to discuss medication management and medical issues, as well as to assess progress in psychotherapy and in meeting therapeutic goals
  • Three, 45-minute individual psychotherapy sessions per week with a trauma therapist
  • To participate in an intensive group therapy program that includes therapy groups at the beginning and end of each day to set and review treatment goals and to discuss appropriate ways to live together while in the therapeutic milieu
  • To participate in psycho-educational groups about a variety of topics focused on trauma, PTSD, and dissociation. These include a specialized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group; dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)-based groups; a "process" (psychodynamic) group; specialized art and occupational therapy groups; groups about family issues and life transitions; and journaling and creative writing groups, among others
  • To be assigned a unit social worker to assist with everyday issues
  • To attend couples and/or family therapy, as needed, in order to provide psycho-education for the patient's loved ones about trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and their role in the patient's recovery
  • To have access to our nursing staff, who are specially trained to help each patient develop skills for safety, PTSD, dissociative symptoms, and affect regulation, among others
  • To be provided with a collaborative treatment team to develop a treatment plan that promotes the patient's safety and stabilization
  • Collaboration between the treatment team and the referring outpatient treatment providers at the time of admission, as needed during the hospitalization, and around the time of discharge
  • A private bedroom to allow for privacy, reflecting, and healing